WoWFEST: Class of ’23 set to take Liverpool literati to school this May

Posted on 17 April 2023
By Pierce King
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Liverpool’s longest-running creative writing festival, WoWFEST returns this May. Make a stand and join them for WoWFEST: Class of ’23, which will be a month-long celebration and exploration of class in all its diversity.

Featuring: Michael Rosen, Travis Alabanza, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lowkey, Shami Chakrabarti, Keenan Malik, Joelle Taylor, Gary Younge, Jimmy Mulville, Shami Chakrabarti, Kit De Waal, Toria Garbutt, She Drew The Gun, Ash Nugent, Ukrainian Poets, Peter Hooton, + More!

As the economy spirals into turmoil and workers from all sectors take to the picket lines in demand for better wages and conditions.

Reflecting the mood across the country leading to protests and strikes in response to the cost-of-living crisis, WoWFEST is raising its banner high.

The writers, artists, and commentators featured in our 23rd annual festival will explore the ways in which class shapes our perceptions, experiences, opportunities, and culture, and how we view our place in the world.

Delving into the impact of race, gender, and sexual orientation, on class, and examining how literature addresses or reinforces class inequality, WoWFEST asks the question: How do we get to a more equitable society?

It’s time to ask the tough questions and find out what changes we can make to combat the erosion of opportunities for working-class people.

Madeline Henneghan and Mike Morris – Co-directors, Writing on the Wall said: “Our mission for WoWFEST: Class of ’23 is to ignite a revolution of ideas and action.

“We are bringing together a diverse range of voices to tackle the pressing issue of class inequality and explore how creativity can be a powerful tool for change.

Class has always been central to our work at Writing on the Wall and our festival; now more than ever, it’s time to stand up and say, ‘class matters.’”

Join WoWFEST throughout May and make your stand with the Class of ’23

These are difficult times. We know some people may struggle to afford full price tickets. If you would like to attend this event but can’t afford to, please contact All queries will be treated in confidence.

If you would like to purchase a gifted ticket for someone who can’t afford it, please buy directly from the event page and we will offer your ticket out.

Writing on the Wall believe in creativity, community, diversity, artistic excellence and social and economic justice. We are Liverpool’s longest-running writing and literary organisation and festival.

We celebrate and inspire creativity and writing in all its forms through inquiry, debate, performance and publishing.

Our annual WoWFest brings together local audiences with the best local, national and international writers, artists and social commentators.